The 26th WiN Global Annual Conference has jointly organized with the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) 2018, from 11 to 17 March 2018, in Bariloche, Argentina.
Theme: “Challenge the present, empower the future”
The conference provided a forum for young professionals and women in the nuclear field to discuss and collaborate on knowledge transfer, nuclear science and technology research and implementation, professional development, and communication. In particular, the event brought together young professionals that are looking to further their careers and senior leaders that are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with younger generations.
In 2016 IYNC and WiN signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster their collaboration and joint activities on knowledge transfer, education and communication on peaceful use of nuclear science and technologies.
As both organizations selected Argentina to host their 2018 conferences, both decided to team-up and benefit from a unique opportunity to organize IYNC-WiN2018 together.
400 participants from 39 countries gathered in the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, for the 26th Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Conference and the 10th International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) -IYNCWIN18-.
The event was hosted by WIN global and IYNC, together with their local counterparts: Women in Nuclear Argentina – Mujeres del Sector Nuclear – and Argentine Youth Nuclear Generation –Asociación Argentina de Jóvenes Nucleares It is the first time that these non-profit organizations collaborate on a joint conference and the first time it takes place in Latin America.
This unique event had the support of several national and international organizations and featured a wide variety of speakers and experts from the global nuclear industry, academia and government, as the Undersecretary of Nuclear Energy from Argentina, Mr. Julián Gadano; the Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (NEA-OECD), Mr. William Magwood; the Deputy Director General of the Department of Management of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ms. Mary Alice Hayward; among others.
IYNCWIN18 provided a forum for young professionals and women around the world to discuss relevant nuclear topics. In particular, this joint conference aimed at strengthening the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, endorsing the active involvement of young generations and women in the field, and boosting the development of professional global networks.
The IAEA’s Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) has sponsored the participation of female nuclear professionals in WiN conferences for several years. On this occasion, sixteen women from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Latin America and Caribbean received this support and their positive feedback (below) demonstrates the relevance of their involvement in such an event which provides women working in the field with concrete empowerment tools. In this sense, they had the opportunity not only to share their knowledge and experiences with peers and industry leaders about several nuclear aspects, including research and development, communication, gender equality, career development, but also to join technical tours to nuclear facilities both in Argentina and Brazil.